I’m a little sad you are 5 today, only because 4 was such a great year for you. You changed so much, and my shy, quiet, little boy is almost nowhere to be found. I look at you now and you are so tall and grown up. If I want to see a baby face, I have to turn my gaze to your sister. You love to talk to people (young and old!) and have lots of friends. If you don’t know anyone at the playground, you will figure out who is about your age and make him or her into a new friend. You are on the cusp of reading completely on your own, and counting to 100 is a breeze. You still want to know how everything works, and you are always observing the world around you for any change. I’m excited to see you enter Kindergarten in a couple of months, and I hope that you will always love school as much as you do now. There were almost too many changes for me this week, with the end of your Montessori school, your beloved classroom B, and now a new age. But, you are always eager for new places and new adventures and even though the past was great, you know that more good things in your life will come.
I’m glad we get to celebrate your birthday on a holiday, because the whole family is together on this special day. It’s also a treat to have your great grandfather in town. You may be 5 today, but he is now 86. This morning, you were excited to get a new birthday shirt from me, but as your mother, I didn’t even kid myself that it was a better present than your new Lego firetruck.